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2016-08-21

 

Click on the 2016 Xenophon Team how-to-vote card below for a zoomable picture of it, for finer detail.

The card below, which was handed out near a Melbourne polling booth, names no candidate for election as a senator for Victoria, but instead refers only to some 'Team' of the South Australian senator, Nick Xenophon. Given the Constitution's requirement for the direct election of senators, it is surprising that the 'Team' chose not to tell voters in Melbourne the names of its Senate candidates.

The Team's how-to-vote cards risk giving the impression that its Senate candidates are not worth naming. Unlike the Greens' cards at the 2010 election, the card urges - and thus potentially offends - intending below-the-line voters to "not complete the area below the line". No reason is given for offending those voters.
 
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